Saturday, 28 February 2015

John Moore Memorial Road Race 2015 Report

This isn't a Race Report, it's a typical Castlereagh slagging session based loosely around today's race....
This time last year I think Castlereagh had 7 members including 2 kids, who through a huge amount of work on individual's parts and with help from friends somehow yet again ran the race - successfully. This year I think we have 33 members including 4 kids and a cool new kit. That gave us the chance to up our game and run two separate races, including a separate Women's League event. Right now I'd like to hug each of those 33 members (even the ones through work commitments and accidents couldn't make it) and thank them for their enormous help in making today so successful. We also have some amazing friends - thank you.
The day wasn't without drama, with a couple of fallers in the A1/2/3 race - initial reports sound like nothing bad. From a selfish point of view the Castlereagh riders did us proud - 4 (yes 4!!!!) riders donned the jersey, the most I can remember in probably 10 years. Inspired by their fans graffiti on the startline Andrew, Sam and first timer Jeff rode out of their skins in the A4 race. Our good friend Trudy was actually spotted smiling in the Women's Race, and both Chris and Mike did brilliant in main event.
The 4 lap Women's Race was a huge success with 17 riders and what looked like from my corner a great attacking race. Congratulations to Judith Russell on the win and to all the riders. The 5 lap A4 race again got the best out of the rolly circuit and tough wind proving the A4's are capable of good racing. Paul Crossan of Killinchy took the win.
The A1/2/3 race started immediately after the finish of the A4/W with the scratch group giving away a 3 minute handicap over the 8 lap race. At this point I was forced to return to Lough Moss to congratulate the earlier winners and missed a chunk of racing, but judging by the photographs it was proper aggressive racing and we got very positive feedback from the riders after the race. Shortly after I made it back David Hamilton was the winner and proud recipient of the John Moore Memorial Road Race trophy.

Ruth, Rachel, Fiona and Michelle were looking after both the sign-on and prize giving. Their hard work and total lack of drama put the men to shame! I couldn't say thanks enough. Finally to every single person involved - it may not have been perfect and we will get better, but I don't think I could be more proud of OUR club. ‪#‎vivacastlereaghcc‬

Dont forget to check out our facebook for plenty of the days action in photos: 

A1-A2-A3 Race
1 David Hamilton (North Down CC) @ 2:16:48
2 Andrew Bye (Newry Wheelers)
3 Craig McAuley (Roe Valley)
4 James Curry (Banbridge CC)
5 Angus Fyfe (Tomac CC)
6 David Watson (North Down CC)
7 Mark McKinley (Newry Wheelers)
8 Christopher McGlinchey (Chain Reaction Cycles)

A4 Race
1 Paul Crossan (Killinchey CC)
2 Joe McQuillan (Phoenix CC)
3 Trevor Campbell (East Antrim CC)
4 Paul Kirk (North Down CC)
5 Richard Cowan (Dromara CC)
6 Unidentified (VC Glendale)
7 Gary McClune (Team Madigan)
8 Des Flannigan (Phoenix CC)

Women’s Race
1 Judith Russell (Phoenix CC)
2 Eileen Burns (Ballymena RC)
3 Karen Hull (Phoenix CC)
4 Trudy Brown (VC Glendale)
5 Hayley Preistley (La Lantern Rouge CC)

Link to A1 race Strava:
Link to A3 race Strava:
Link to Ladies race Strava:


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